Jose Mourinho will dump Chris Smalling and Victor Lindelof as soon as he gets the chance believes former Manchester City defender Richard Dunne.
Dunne, who left The Etihad in 2009 after nine years at the club, reckons the City duo John Stones and Ayemeric Laporte – who cost are combined £104 million – are in a different league to Smalling and Swedish international Lindelof.
And he claims Mourinho will look to change the Old Trafford pairing when the transfer window opens – because he can’t trust them.
“It’s not easy for United because when you look around the world there aren’t that many centre-backs playing at that top level who they can get from other clubs.
“Since the days of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic United have struggled to get a settled two and I’m sure as soon as Mourinho has the opportunity he will change the two he has now for different ones” said Dunne, speaking exclusively to 888sport.
“At the moment he has Lindelof and Smalling but they don’t inspire confidence throughout the team and as soon as that transfer window opens I’m sure they will be out looking for centre-backs again.
“For all of the flair players they had and the attacking footballers United always had a strong defence with centre-backs who were trust-worthy.
“For whatever reason the centre-backs they have now are not only making mistakes but are also being injured a lot and missing games. That’s made it difficult to form any partnerships.
“To win league titles you always have to be solid at the back and United just haven’t been able to find that partnership to give them the base.”
Dunne has been knocked out by Stones and French star Laporte and believes they could be the Premier league’s best ever defensive partnership.
“They are very different to when you go back over the years to the centre-back pairings that United had. Vidic and Stam, Steve Bruce and Pallister even.
“They were tough tacklers whereas the two City have – who are the only two centre-backs that Pep has bought – are completely within his profile of ball-playing defenders.
“The understanding that they’ve got could make this a long-standing partnership and certainly the most successful in Premier League history.”
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